The 5 Most Common Phone Scams And How To Avoid Them

While so many spams and scams these days concentrate on email and other online pursuits, some fraudsters are sticking to what they know best: the telephone. We've bundled up the five worst phone scams that are still doing the rounds, throwing in some solid tips to help you avoid the impact.1.

  • Police: 'Tis the season for scams - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
    ... also say a common Medicare scam has also made its annual fall return. Police have logged 23 calls from residents reporting various phone scams...
    10/30/2014 - 3:02 pm | View Link
  • Warning over 'number spoofing' scam - AOL UK
    'Number spoofing' scam hits UK consumers - Adelaide Now
    10/29/2014 - 3:37 pm | View Link
  • Scam alert: 'Number spoofing' on the rise - Moneywise Magazine
    ... make it appear on a person's phone ID display. ... emailing Common Craig ... reason to point it out." How to avoid ...
    10/29/2014 - 6:55 am | View Link
  • Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin: Free fall shred event helped ... - Wis
    Lisa Schiller, Media Relations PHONE: 414- 847 ... One of the most common methods used by thieves ... about how to protect themselves from scams ...
    10/29/2014 - 4:19 am | View Link
  • Teach your teens about these 6 scams - Yahoo! Finance
    Learning not to answer the call will also help them avoid being sucked in by other common phone scams, such as the you-just-won-a-cruise con...
    10/28/2014 - 3:00 pm | View Link
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  • Scams And Scammers Are Everywhere
    We get smartphones and scammers somehow figure out how to outsmart us and our smartphones.
    10/29/2014 - 10:10 am | View Link
  • Scam Artists Allegedly Targeting Thousands of Voters by Phone
    With early voting underway and Election Day just one week away, the Better Business Bureau is warning Permian Basin voters about election-related telephone scams. "Scam artists are calling thousands of people [and] taking advantage of election season to ask for personal information and credit card numbers," said Tyler Patton, a BBB Regional Director based in Midland.
    10/28/2014 - 11:52 pm | View Link
  • Police Warn Public of IRS Scam
    The Sparks Police Department is investigating a report of a person claiming to be an IRS agent and asking for money.
    10/28/2014 - 5:07 pm | View Link
  • Election-related scams to avoid
    Early voting is in full swing and Election Day is less than a week away. But unfortunately, with elections often comes the possibility scams. While politicians are seeking your support, scam artists a
    10/28/2014 - 3:43 pm | View Link
  • Sparks Police Advise of Phone Scam Involving IRS Payments
    Sparks Police is advising residents about a phone scam involving IRS payments. The caller tells the victim they owe money to the U.S. Treasury and demands payment.
    10/28/2014 - 2:37 pm | View Link
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  • Common scams nail Lee County residents for thousands
    What makes these scams believable is that the payments initially go through ... even if you have traveled to that country, hang up the phone or throw away the letter. It is a scam. A sweepstakes, contest award notice or inheritance notification that ...
    10/25/2014 - 5:20 pm | View Link
  • Homeowners should beware of common scams
    I have received multiple inquiries and phone calls in the past week or two from cautious homeowners regarding an “official-looking” time-sensitive mailer or “special important offer.” These solicitations come in multiple forms and are designed to ...
    10/17/2014 - 9:00 pm | View Link
  • Phone scams getting more common, complex in North Jersey
    Police in North Jersey say at least four people were targets in the past 10 days of a so-called virtual kidnapping scam that federal authorities say has its roots in Mexico and has been a growing problem in Texas even as other scams have been spreading ...
    09/5/2014 - 8:43 pm | View Link
  • 6 common phone scams targeting seniors
    Here are the five most common types of fraud targeting seniors, along with a brief description of how they work: Grandparent scam: You get a phone call from someone posing as a grandchild who is supposedly out of town and in a desperate situation.
    06/28/2014 - 4:03 am | View Link
  • 5 common phone scams targeting seniors
    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is urging the elderly to beware of phone scams. And many of these scams have gotten more sophisticated, with crooks using social media and the Internet to learn details about you, including family members' names ...
    06/25/2014 - 5:21 pm | View Link
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  • Common Types Medicaid Fraud
    File a Medicaid Fraud Complaint File MFCU Complaint Phone: (360) 586-8888 Fax: (360) 586-8877 Mail: Office of the Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
    10/30/2014 - 7:52 am | View Website
  • Phone fraud
    Communications fraud is the use of telecommunications products or services without intention to pay. Many operators have increased measures to minimize fraud and ...
    10/30/2014 - 2:16 am | View Website
  • Common scams
    Scams are an unfortunate part of life. Everywhere in the world are people looking for unscrupulous ways to make money, all at someone else's expense, loss, and ...
    10/29/2014 - 8:54 pm | View Website
  • FBI — Seniors
    Fraud Target: Senior Citizens. Our Common Fraud Schemes webpage provides tips on how you can protect you and your family from fraud. Senior Citizens especially should ...
    10/29/2014 - 6:30 pm | View Website
  • Common Scams | USCIS
    If you need legal advice on immigration matters, make sure that the person you rely on is authorized to give you legal advice. Only an attorney or an accredited ...
    10/29/2014 - 11:21 am | View Website
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